‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

Success of bilingual education in Ireland.

“An Irish-speaking school has reportedly joined the list of the top-10 feeder schools for Trinity College Dublin ahead of some of Ireland’s best-known fee-paying institutions.” This is similar to our experience. Nearly every 12th grade student that has graduated from our laboratory immersions school, Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalani’opu’u has been concurrently enrolled in university classes during their senior year in high school, and a very high percentage (in the 90% range) has continued into college. We heard critics for years telling us that our children would not be able to function in college if they received their elementary and secondary education through Hawaiian, but the opposite has happened – they’re doing better than students going through the rest of the DOE.

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